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John Rutter - The Colours of Christmas [CD]

John Rutter Audio CD
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John Rutter was born in London, England in 1945. He began composing while studying music at Clare College, Cambridge. While an undergraduate student, he also conducted and recorded his work for the first time. From 1975 to 1979 he was the Director of Music at his alma mater. He left to pursue his career as a composer with greater focus. He founded the Cambridge Singers, and today remains the ... Read more in Amazon's John Rutter Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005G24HM4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ding Dong! Merrily On High
2. The Colours Of Christmas
3. In Dulci Jubilo
4. What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
5. Away In A Manger - The Bach Choir, John Rutter
6. Hodie Christus Natus Est
7. Riu Riu Chiu - John Rutter, Over The Bridge, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
8. I Wonder As I Wander - Over The Bridge, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Rutter
9. Star Carol
10. Once In Royal David's City
11. Silent Night
12. In The Bleak Midwinter
13. Gabriel's Message - The Bach Choir, John Rutter
14. Fanfare - O Come, All Ye Faithful
15. O Holy Night
16. A New Year Carol
17. Joy To The World
18. Sleigh Ride - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Rutter
19. Deck The Hall - The Bach Choir, John Rutter
20. The Christmas Song
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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The Colours of Christmas is a collection of the greatest Christmas carols by the composer/conductor whose music has, for many, been so associated with Christmas. Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir, with guest artists Over the Bridge and conducted by Rutter himself.

The Colours of Christmas (track 2 from the album) is a newly composed carol by Rutter for this new album, and is testament to the very best of Rutter’s music. Newly orchestrated for this album are the carols Ding Dong Merrily On High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. All recordings on this album are brand new.

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CD Rpo/Bach Choir/Overth Bridge

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Father Christmas's mixed bag 18 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
It is almost impossible to give this album a single number star-rating because it is so many different things. If you think from its title ("JOHN RUTTER" in big bold red capitals) that it is a follow-up to his brilliant CD with the Cambridge Singers "The John Rutter Christmas Album you will be disappointed in that there are only two Rutter carols and even those are not sung in the chapel choir style that made Rutter's work so famous and so loved. The resources of the Bach Choir are vastly more powerful and this produces a wholly different "feel", suited to an Albert Hall concert - indeed "Joy to the World" is sung just like the Hallelujah! chorus. But this is deliberate and if it is what you want it is great stuff.
The plus side of it being a "concert" album is that at the end we get three American light pieces -Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, Mel Tormé's The Christmas Song and the Judy Garland classic Have yourself a merry little Christmas. This last is the most enjoyable for those wanting superb small choir singing because it is sung in a close harmony arrangement, which was in fact included in Rutter's "A Christmas Festival" in 2008.. This time he has brought in "Over the Bridge", choral singers from Cambridge, to sing it and as one hears lovely close harmony from a counter-tenor in a small choir one thinks "At last - that's what I want to hear on a Rutter album.
So, mixed but something for everyone and one should not grumble too much when there are two pure Rutter carols to enjoy; and you end up thinking Why isn't his CBE promoted into a knighthood for his services to choral music?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gives you that christmassy feeling 28 Jan 2012
By Doris
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
personally speaking, classical music is not really my thing. I always want to like it and put in on wanting that feeling of calm and tranqility that you see on the television (eg on Morse) but get to the third track and I am bored. However, this album is somewhat different and was absolutely lovely to have on in the background over the christmas period.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous Christmas disc from JR 3 Dec 2011
By JayJay
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You won't be disappointed in this excellent new offering from John Rutter. A beautiful new carol is included on the recording along with other great favourites arranged or composed by the conducter. Even though many of these carols are featured on pervious recordings made by the Cambridge Singers, the Bach Choir do not disappoint in their renditions. What an added bonus to feature the vocal ensemble 'Over the Bridge' a group who I had not heard of before, but who remind me very much of the Kings Singers!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine album of its type 9 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine album, of its type. Nick is being a bit hard on it with his three star review. I defer to him on record company politics, but must correct his unresearched comments about Over the Bridge. They are an eight man close harmony A Capella group and not remotely "sub King Singers". Go and see them live sometime if you don't believe me.
Their first album "Under the Influence" was produced by John Rutter. Presumably that's why they are on this album, heard here with backing for pretty much the first time. Their album doesn't seem to be on Amazon (get your act together, Amazon) but is downloadable from a well known music store.
I agree about the saccherine arrangement of "Have yourself a very Merry Christmas", but bet that that is what we hear on their upcoming Christmas BBC TV appearances, things being what they are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Rutter IS Christmas 30 Nov 2011
By skecksi
Format:Audio CD
John Rutter's arrangements are always beautiful, and this CD doesn't disappoint, with some unusual rhythmic variations on the carols we all think we know! His new carol, The Colours of Christmas, is just as beautiful, and performed superbly by the Bach Choir. I already know that this will be the soundtrack to my Christmas this year, and every year to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colours of Christmas 13 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
Some Christmas CDs' are put in a drawer and forgotten until the following year.

This CD, John Rutter's, "The Colours of Christmas," certainly will not suffer that fate.

When I first played it, I was so overwhelmed by the beauty, that I ordered two more copies for my cousins and then ended up giving my copy to a friend.

Although it is a Christmas CD, it is something I could listen to, at any time of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas music 9 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is an album of beautiful Christmas music. If you like Rutter's style of aranging, you will love this CD. The arrangements and the singing are superb. His versions of some of the old well-loved carols, and of his own new one, are marvellous. IMHO this is the best version of O Holy Night that I have ever heard. There is just one track I don't like, but since Rutter has sometimes been criticised for being too predictable and samey all credit to him for having a go at something different. Others may love that track especially. All in all this is one of the best albums of traditional Christmas music
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rutter's Christmas 9 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd, for me, reflects the true essence of Christmas. I love the magic of Christmas and without Christmas carols playing around the house it does not feel the same. John Rutter's Colours of Christmas is a beautiful carol and could easily become a favourite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rutter !
All that you'd expect from this talented composer. Will never tire of listening to his work. Can't wait for next Christmas !!
Published 2 months ago by Madame Bovary
5.0 out of 5 stars A FIVE STAR RATING FOR A FIVE STAR CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA.
ABSOLUTELY FAB, SUCH RELAXING MUSIC WITH A THE FANTASTIC BACH CHOIR. ONE OF MY BEST BUYS BY FAR. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THIS CD HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VOICES YOU COULD EVER HEAR. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I love this CD - and I love Johnn Rutter. The combination is really good and took me back to my youth when I used to sing these in a choir!
Published 3 months ago by Felicity Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars great choice
we enjoyed this cd all through Christmas and New Year. Excellent choice and would highly recommend. beautiful arrangements and good selection.
Published 3 months ago by Neetzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback
I love it thanks,we have listened it several times already#saving christmas one for beginning of December.Thanks very much for sending promptly.
Published 5 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars John Rutter
Having been to the Royal Albert Hall for his Christmas Concert this will always be a reminder of that wonderful concert led by John Rutter himself.
Published 6 months ago by M. D. Shapcott
5.0 out of 5 stars John Rutter -The Colours of Christmas
An excellent recording. I bought it solely for the piece "O peaceful Night" which I love as a choral arrangement.
Published 8 months ago by Iolanthe
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present
Present well received for a 60th. She really likes the album and has listened to it lots and lots, great
Published 8 months ago by will hawling
5.0 out of 5 stars John Rutter
I forgot to leave a review last Xmas when I bought this but it is a lovely CD and a welcome addition to my Rutter collection !!
Published 10 months ago by J. M. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas Music
A lovely album with a mixture of contemporary and traditional Christmas choral music. I would highly recommend this album for the festive season.
Published 12 months ago by Tookalon
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